Topic: Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs
Definition for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs:
Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs is defined by the CEBC as programs targeted at individuals or families which are at a high risk for maltreatment with a goal of preventing abuse or neglect from occurring. These programs may offer activities targeted to families that have one or more risk factors, including families with substance abuse or domestic violence issues, teenage parents, parents of special needs children, single parents, and low-income families. Services may include parent education and training for high-risk parents, respite care, and home visiting programs.
- Target population: Families at high risk for abuse or neglect
- Services/types that fit: Services include assessment, case planning, case management, education, skill building, and/or service delivery to address risk factors for maltreatment
- Delivered by: Child welfare workers, mental health professionals, or trained paraprofessionals
- In order to be included: Program must specifically target the prevention of abuse and/or neglect in high-risk families
- In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by Scientific Rating Scale) that examines maltreatment-related outcomes, such as abuse and neglect reports and abuse-related parenting behaviors, either observed or self-reported
Programs in this Topic Area
The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.
One Program with a Scientific Rating of 1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence:
- Incredible Years, The (IY)The Incredible YearsParents, teachers, and children
Two Programs with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:
- Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK)Primary Prevention use: Families with children aged 0-5 years. Secondary Prevention use: Families with children aged 0-5 years who ...
[Project SafeCare]Parents at-risk for child neglect and/or abuse and parents with a history of child neglect and/or abuse
Seven Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:
- C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support)Families at high risk for abuse or neglect with children aged 0-17 or a primary caregiver or caregivers of at ...
- CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program (EBPP)African-American families at risk for child maltreatment
- Combined Parent-Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT)Children ages 3-17 and their parents (or caregivers) in families where parents engage in a continuum of coercive parenting strategies ...
- Exchange Parent AideFamilies must have at least one child age birth through 12 years in the home (services may also be offered prenatally), ...
- Family Connections (FC)Families at risk for child maltreatment
- Nurturing Parenting Program for Parents and their School-age Children 5 to 12 YearsFamilies who have been reported to the child welfare system for child maltreatment including physical and emotional maltreatment in addition ...
- Step-by-Step Parenting Program©Parents with learning differences whose children are at risk of being neglected due to parenting skill deficiencies including parents who ...
Six Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:
- CICC's Los Ninos Bien Educados (LNBE)For parents of Latino descent who are raising children in the United States, both Spanish and English speakers
- CICC's New Confident Parenting Program (NCP)Parents of children (2-12 years old) who are experiencing behavior or emotional problems
- Love and LogicParents, grandparents, teachers, and other caretakers working with children
- Make Parenting A Pleasure (MPAP), Second EditionHighly stressed families with children ages 0 to 8 years at risk for abuse or neglect
- Nurturing Parenting Program for Parents and their Infants, Toddlers, and PreschoolersFamilies who had been reported to the child welfare system for child maltreatment including physical and emotional maltreatment in addition ...
- Steps Toward Effective, Enjoyable Parenting (STEEP)First-time low-income mothers of children 0-23 months old
Why was this topic chosen by the Advisory Committee?
The Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs topic area is relevant to child welfare because these programs play a key role in the continuum of child welfare services. Child safety is the primary goal for child protection agencies. Per the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act "the failure to coordinate and comprehensively prevent and treat child abuse and neglect threatens the futures of thousands of children and results in a cost to the Nation of billions of dollars in tangible expenditures, as well as significant intangible costs." To prevent child abuse and neglect, or to intervene early when a situation is brought to the attention of child protection agencies, is a shared community responsibility. With the introduction and implementation of the Differential Response approach in California, information regarding proven prevention and early intervention strategies is critical to the continuation of the child welfare improvements states are seeking to achieve. Promoting safe, healthy, and nurturing environments are essential to the well-being of children and their families.
Teresa Contreras, MSW
Former CEBC Advisory Committee member
Deborah Daro, PhD, Chapin Hall Research Fellow
Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago